'It's not true about Thaksin's involvement in the energy business in neighbouring countries, not even in Myanmar," claims Pongsak Raktapongpaisal, the newly appointed energy minister whom critics believe was endorsed by former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra to control the ministry, which has huge potential contracts at stake.
New Energy Minister Pongsak Raktapongpaisal in a file photo taken in January. He says he never lobbied for a cabinet post by citing his loyalty to Thaksin Shinawatra.
"Thaksin never instructs, nor does Prime Minister Yingluck [Shinawatra, Thaksin's sister]," said Mr Pongsak in an interview with Post Today to counter the rumour that he was sent directly by Thaksin to advance the Shinawatra family's energy interests in Myanmar and the joint natural gas development with Cambodia on the overlapping continental shelf.
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